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Archive for August, 2000

Rain forces film crew off Takaka Hill location

The film crew’s moved down the hill temporarily to film indoors at Motueka, as the Nelson Mail reports.
Wow, if the Nelson Mail had a website we’d be overloading it right now. They say “Stars Elijah Wood, Sean Bean and Sean Astin were in the area filming the fellowship crossing middle-earth from the first part of the trilogy.”
Good scoops from them and you can access them at Scoop

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Geoff Murphy joins LOTR

From: Robert O

Auckland Metro’s “Felicity Ferret” column in the most recent issue had a short blurb about Geoff Murphy coming back from LA to work with Peter Jackson on FX and action stuff.

More info on Geoff Murphy can be found here: More]

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LOTR Harps to see!

Ringer Spy Orion sends in the word on a NZ website ( The site mentions some harps that happen to be featured in a certain big budget trilogy we all know!

Tara Leprechaun is a 31 to 36 string harp with a note range of A to A. A traditionally styled harp with medium tension for folk harpists. [More]

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Web Watch:

From: Burma

Thought you might find this one neat… JRRT is the featured writer on Salon’s MP3 ‘spoken word’ feature today. [More]

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The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

We just received these images and I had to throw them up online just because they are pretty cool. Remember the image a week or so ago with a “Gandalf-like” figure impaled on a spiked wheel? Well, here’s the wheel…[more]

Xoanon and Tehanu will post more about these images later in the night.

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The Squeaky Wheel gets the Grease…

An intrepid Ringer spy sent in these images tonight and I just wanted to get them online ASAP! Check it out…remember that infamous ‘Gandalf Death’ image? Now look at the first image and see that wheel looks familiar?

Xoanon will have more details on these images later tonight..:) Or maybe Tehanu too!

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Happy Birthday Green Books!

Greetings – Quickbeam here.

This week marks the First Anniversary of our beloved Green Books! It really is amazing to think that we have been working with for a whole year, but it’s true. And yesterday I was just a tender sapling!

In honor of our Anniversary we have a dragon’s horde of goodies, including:

• Announcing a new and improved Brain Bender contest! Match wits with Quickbeam and you could be the winner of a delicious new Lord of The Rings British Millennium Edition (with CD). But make haste-the deadline is 1 September 2000.
• My new Out on a Limb celebrates the very finest moments in the LOTR trilogy. I call it “Tolkien’s Greatest Hits.”
• Turgon lashes out his stinging whip and teaches us “How NOT to Study Tolkien” over on his Bookshelf.
• Anwyn is seriously “Looking for Authenticity in the Work of Peter Jackson.” She makes a vitally important point–or rather a Counterpoint!
• Of course we have lots of new Questions & Answers:

  1. Did the Ring sink in Númenor along with Sauron?
  2. Is Gandalf really Manwë in disguise?
  3. What’s with that mystery brooch that Tom Bombadil found?
  4. Did Thranduil know about Bilbo’s Ring early on?
  5. Could the Elves just abandon Middle-earth?

All these and more can be found here.

• WOW – new Moon Letters too! Here you can delight in poetry and fiction.
• Look for new updates in red to previous Q&A articles.

On behalf of the lovely Anwyn, the sagacious Turgon, and myself, I send a hearty THANK YOU to our many readers across the globe. We are all honored to have you with us as we explore the WORDS and WORLD of Tolkien.

Much too hasty,


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Jedi Spy Checks out South Island Set!

Ringer Spy Jedi stumbled upon the set near the ski hills on the South Island! [More]

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Jedi Spy Checks out South Island Set!

Ringer Spy Jedi stumbled upon the set near the ski hills on the South Island.


I was recently on a snowboarding trip in the South Island and went to a small private field called Mt Potts (an excellent field BTW!) Close to the road on our way up to the field was a set for LOTR, I didn’t know about this before going there so was understandably rather excited. The bad news is I was snowboarding and not touristing so didn’t have a camera 🙁 So you’ll just have to put up with my description, make of it what you will!

The site is located on the Erewhon Station, about 47km from the Mt Somers settlement, around 80km from Methven (the nearest ‘large’ town) and 2 hours from Christchurch. For the geographically minded the coordinates are 43°32’50s, 170°53’00s or on the New Zealand Map Series 260 J36-398378.

The location is a small undulating grassed hill (apparently called Mt Sunday @ 611m MSL according to the 260 map) with a rocky outcrop on top and several smaller ‘hillocks’ surrounding it. It’s in the middle of a large stoney braided river valley (the Rangitata river) completely surrounded by the impressive terrain of the Southern Alps, some of which have cool names like Black Mountain, Battleaxe Column, Scimitar Peak, The Sentinel, Hells Gate, Crossbow Saddle and The Brabazon Range (irrelevant I know but I thought they were appropriate!).

It appeared to me that were actually three sets located together, but the closest I could get was several hundred metres away so it was hard to tell.

On top of the outcrop was a large 2 storey (wooden?) building with a statue of an animal (a horse?) on top. There were also another 4-5 smaller buildings of various shapes in front of this this, all in the same medieval style. To me it looked like a large meeting hall located in a village, my guess is something to do with Rohan?

At the bottom of the outcrop was a large long wooden medieval building with gates in front, it looked rather like an inn, but could have just been a large homestead. I’m not sure whether this was part of the same set as the meeting hall or not, my guess is not.

Located ~50 metres in front of this on a gentle slope was a series (8-10) of large grassed mounds some of which appeared to have doorways in them, there was a dirt track winding through these uphill. I instantly thought ‘hobbits’, but now I’m not so sure, perhaps barrows?

The crew has a small trailer park/equipment setup a few hundred metres away, and on the drive out I was passed by 3 expensive looking 4WD vehicles going towards the set. Whether they contained ‘stars’ or even The Man himself I’ll never know 🙂

Talking to the staff at the the skifield/station, the crew is apparently on location for 5 weeks, during which they need ~6 days of filming! (I’m not sure how long they’ve been there so far) They’ve hired out every available bach (the word in NZ for a small holiday home) at Lake Clearwater (~15km away) for the duration, something the owners are happy about because they’re getting paying a sizable sum for them (I happened to meet one).

One of the stations staff members apparently ‘accidentally’ rode her horse into the middle of the set one day and was runoff by security, I would have tried this too but I can’t ride a horse to save myself!

Hope this is useful/interesting, it certainly made my holiday!

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Going to WORLDCON? will be there as well! Worldcon is the 58th Annual World Science Fiction Convention that takes place August 31 to September 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Fairmont Hotel and Swissotel in good old Chicago, Illinios.

Head on over to see TORN Staffers like Corvar & Balin! Be sure to try and catch Douglas Anderson’s world famous Hobbit Slide Show!

Check it out in our ‘World Events Section’

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What are you Tolkien About?!

Ringer Spy Sharon sends in the following little funny article from The Evening Post.

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Spiderwebart News

The good folks at Spiderwebart send along the latest. [More]

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